Thank you to Devney Perry and the team at Valentine PR for the advance reader copy of Dotted Lines, the final story in the Runaway series. Dotted Lines releases on March 2nd!
I have been anticipating this story since the series began. I have always wanted to meet the elusive Karson. The cadillac is finally on the last leg of its journey! I cannot wait to buckle myself in and be taken on the ride that is a head-over-heels romance from Devney.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“Clara Saint-James is completing a journey started by an old friend. She’ll return a Cadillac to California, a place she’s avoided for more than a decade. But it’s time for closure and to put old ghosts to rest. And it’s time to find out if the feelings she’s cherished for the boy from her past are just fanciful memories—or if there’s a chance they are real.
Timing was never on her side, especially when it came to Karson Avery. The two of them lived in a junkyard as runaway teens, and though she wanted more than his friendship, he always belonged to another—until that one night when he was hers.
When Clara finds Karson living in a small, coastal town, she’s not surprised the beautiful boy from her past grew into a stunning man. His smile is as captivating as ever. His eyes have the same roguish glint. But timing is still working against her.
Clara must decide how far she’s willing to go to battle for Karson’s heart. Or if it’s time to let him go and surrender to the dotted lines that have always kept them apart.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Karson and Clara are the main characters of the final instalment in the Runaway Series. Clara grew up in a junkyard with her sister Aria and all the other main characters of this series. Karson was their ringleader and their protector. Since the first story, the girls have been driving the Cadillac that Karson slept in across America. It is now time for the final leg Clara and her son August will be driving the car from Welcome, Arizona to Elyria, California. Clara was living in Arizona as the personal assistant to Brody, whose love story with Aria you can read about in Forsaken Trail. Clara never stopped loving Karson who she was forced to leave behind when she and her sister left the junkyard at age 18.
- Pacing: This story is paced quite differently. Never before were we provided with a real-time story of life at the junkyard. Most facts were previously gleaned by the girls opening up to the men in their lives. I understood the choice to build the relationship in the past to make the reader want them to fight for it in the future. Spending so much time in the past took away the number of pages we could spend in the present. I would have enjoyed more time with Karson and Clara as adults rather than teens.
- Setting: The majority of the story is set in California in Elyria where Karson had settled and in Temecula where the junkyard was located. California brought with it the beach and the sun, two things young August took advantage of. The junkyard was a setting of memory in every book but this is the first story where it is a major setting.
- Romance: Much of Karson and Clara’s romance was in the past. After the other girls had left the junkyard Karson stayed behind to care for Clara and Aria. It was at this time that Karson and Clara began to develop a romantic relationship, and they even hid it from Aria. Now twelve years have passed and it is pretty clear that they both never fully got over each other. Clara’s relationship with August’s father fell apart because she was never over Karson. Karson has never been able to love again either. The beauty of this relationship is that this is the first one in the series that features two members of the junkyard crew. This gives Karson and Clara a partner who is the best equipped to understand what they went through. This one is not a very steamy read, but I still very much enjoyed this romance.
- I do not want to spoil it too much, but if you have been a fan of this series for as long as I have then you will love the epilogue.
Dotted Lines receives four out of five stars.
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